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To scuba dive in Spain the basic requirements are:-


*medical certificate (no more than two years old) issued by a medical specialist certifying you are able to practise diving.


Always have your

*dive log book

*medical certificate

*diving insurance.

Learn additional Spanish diving regulations, such as

The maximum depth for diving in Spain is 40 metres.

The minimum age for diving in Spain depends on the region. However, nationally it is 16 years old.

Most diving takes place March to November

Ministerio de Agriculura y Pesca Alimentación y Medio Ambiente"
Min of Ag & Fish

Government information on marine reserves

Where to dive in Spain

10 national Marine Reserves

*Cabo de Gata-Níjar. In Almería (Andalusia). The southernmost Posidonia oceanica meadows, coral forms and colourful fish.  Try coves such as Cala Chica and San Pedro.

*Isla de Alborán. Also in Almería. Did  Al-Borani, a pirate from Almería, really hide his treasures there?

*Cabo de Palos – Hormigas Islands. Murcia. There are  Posidonia oceanica meadows and underwater mountains as well as huge groupers and barracudas, with moonfish and common eagle rays. Try the excitement of a sunken ship like "Sirio", the famous transatlantic steamer.

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*Levante de Mallorca – Cala Ratjada. Eastern coast of the island of Majorca, with underwater caves and Posidonia oceanica meadows. Groupers and red lobsters can be found here. Try the area known as "Queso", La Catedral or La Mula, just three excellent places of many.  Most recent to be included in the programme with an area of 11,285 ha.
Close to Artà and Capdepera.

*Columbretes Islands, Castellón, these are four volcanic islets surrounded by steep underwater walls and are home to species like the red coral.

*Island of Tabarca, Alicante. Here are Posidonia oceanica meadows with reefs where large groupers and schools of barracudas live, as well as sunken ships.

*Masía Blanca. With an area of 457 ha, it is the smallest marine reserve of the network. It is located off the beaches of El Vendrell, Coma-Ruga, in the province of Tarragona, between Tarragona and Barcelona.
Coma-Ruga diving in Spain
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Posidonia oceanica meadows. It also has sandy bottoms and maërl beds, known locally as “Grapissar”, consisting of free coralline red algae. Species such as cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis), red mullet (Mullus surmuletus), gilt-head bream (Sparus aurata) and sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) abound in the reserve. The pen shell (Pinna nobilis) is another species found of no commercial interest..

PADI diving lessons /equipment hire Coma-Ruga / Tarragona

equipment hire in Barcelona

south of Tarragona

Societat d'Exploracions Submarines de Tarragona (SES)

Underwater fishing, baptisms at sea, scuba diving + accommodation.
Courses: scuba diver, open water diver, advanced open water diver, rescue diver and divemaster.
Equipment rental, repair and maintenance.

Coma-Ruga town hall

el Vendrell town hall

Tarragonna official tourist guide

*Graciosa Island. In the north of the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, Graciosa and islets in the Chinijo Archipelago make up this marine reserve. Amazingly colourful sea beds due to sponges and red and yellow sea fans. Also pufferfish, trumpetfish and triggerfish. At least 18ºC in winter.

*La Palma.Deep waters down to 1,000 metres. A chance to see tropical anemones. Bottlenose dolphins and loggerhead turtles. Volcanic caves and lava flows.

*La Restinga – Mar de las Calmas. In the island of El Hierro, in the Canaries. This is the area for high-sea species like the whale shark and giant manta ray. Then there are theSea turtles and dolphins. The temperature of the water ranges from 18 to 25 degrees. If you love photography, don't miss Open Fotosub Isla de El Hierro, which takes place every year.

More areas.

In Catalonia you have Los Ullastres, Formigues Islands, Cap de Creus, Ses Negres, and especially, the Medes Islands. Try the corridor known as "Túnel de la Vaca".

Islas Atlánticas National Park, Galicia where the famous Cíes Islands are situated. Witness the large octopuses and turbots?

Canary and Balearic Islands are perfect for scuba diving.

For example – have you heard about the sea turtles that reach Formentera after travelling hundreds of miles, all the way from the Gulf of Mexico?

Spain has a plentiful choice for divers, all the coast from the Basque Country,  to Asturias, to Cantabria,  to   Andalusia.........

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